Austrian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen says that the unpredictability of the wind contributed to his last-corner crash that eliminated him from the second practice session.
The Red Bull driver brought out the red flags part-way through the 90-minute session when he spun off at the last corner of the Austrian circuit.
Losing the rear of the car mid-corner, he spun 180 degrees and collected the barrier with the rear-end of the car, damaging his suspension and ruling him out of completing any qualifying or race simulations.
With drivers having to contend with gusty conditions at the Red Bulll Ring, Verstappen conceded that it was a driver error, but believed that the varying levels of wind contributed to his crash.
“I just spun off,” confirmed Verstappen.
“It was not easy [before the crash]. In all of my laps I was complaining about the wind being really gusty. Sometimes it would be in my face, and then you would go around a corner and it would be pushing you, so lap-by-lap it was a bit different. Then, I got into the last corner, mid-corner – the place where you don’t want to lose it – and it happened, I lost the rear.
When asked about whether or not a gearbox penalty would be forthcoming, he confirmed that his RB14 was equipped with an old practice gearbox, and that the rest of the car was “repairable”.
Verstappen also joined the list of drivers complaining about the bumps on the outside of the corners, believing that there was no point to having such aggressive kerbs when a driver runs wide.
“For me, they’re horrible. I think it’s much better at turns one and three, because the [other] kerbs are against how you’re driving. If they would just put them in the driving direction, if you touch them you would just lose speed and go over them, but now it’s just destroying front wings for nothing.”